Vegans, Raw and Fruitarians have Anxiety Disorders

I really mean it – a lot of vegans, fruitarians, raw foodists and other kinds of similar creatures have anxiety which they cope with by carefully watching what they eat.

This is a form of OCD combined with anorexia which both belongs to anxiety type of disorders.

I don’t know how did I end up following some people on Facebook but I really like it!

So many manipulative, stupid and crazy wall posts coming from them…

I really like how people comment under those posts and discuss about simple things the way it is very funny and sad at the same time.

Those people have anxiety and they cope with it following the vegan and raw/fruit “visions”. And I mean visions not diets because their “diets” are more like religions, visions and the ways and tools how to fulfill their lives with something!

It is not a coincidence that there is so many single people in raw, vegan and fruitarian communities…


Because those people are usually more anxious and obsessed about food…

It would be a deal breaker for them if a partner ate a steak or boiled broccoli or even a raw broccoli (in case of fruitarians).

Is it really the feeling of eating 100% fruit, raw or plant based diet so important for you?

Or maybe you just pretend to be it so important but in the end you know it is crazy?

Following those lifestyle choices makes you even more anxious because you actually strip your life of much more than a “certificate of being on 100% raw/vegan/fruit diet”.

Who cares about you being 100% RAW or vegan?

Nobody else but you!

You know the good old joke tells everything about them…

How do you know if someone is a vegan?
Don’t worry, they’ll tell you.

Vegans have anxiety?

A big problem with any specific restrictive diet is a high chance of making yourself a deficient in some nutrient.

Most people think usually only about the vitamins, minerals or trace minerals. However, being deficient in essential omega fatty acids and amino acids (protein) is very hard on the body as well and it is usually overlooked.

OK, do not start arguing that there is a lot of positive reports on reduction or even cure of anxiety and depression since going vegan or raw or whatever…

I am sure some people improved for whatever reason following the whatever diet.

Here, I am going to show you how many negative reports there are about the vegan, raw or fruitarian diet.

You can find more just – search for something like “vegans anxiety” or
“vegans anxiety nih” on Google.

TESTIMONIALS: Vegetarian diet is bad

I have had cases of anxiety but never associated becoming a vegan with it. But now reading up on it there seems to be a connection. I really hope that someone who’s more of an expert can help in explaining how to deal with it. Glad we are all in this forum and can discuss this candidly.

by Annabellam, Feb 9, 2017


I’ve developed pretty severe anxiety and panic attacks since I started following a vegan diet

Ever since I started following a vegan diet around 6 months ago, my mental health has been a shit show. I had my first ever panic attack a few nights ago – something that I never used to struggle with, and I feel really anxious and depressed most of the time now.

I feel like I get enough protein, and I take a vegan supplement that has vitamins D and B12.

Has anyone else experienced this? How did you fix/stop it (besides starting medication)?

by abatleaf


I think to follow up with the perfectly worded top comment, I just finished up my first total vegan month and I have a lot of physical and mental health issues to keep in check. The first thing I did was get bloodwork done to make sure I was getting proper nutrition(and I am!). So I think this is where the medical professional, perhaps a dietician(NOT nutritionist), is important. If your bloodwork looks good, you’re clearly making good strides with your dietary intake.

Next I would try and get in touch with a therapist who had the same core values as you do. Someone who is more keen on practicing mindfulness as that greatly reduces stress and anxiety. There you should be able to learn coping mechanismsfor reducing and eliminating this new anxiety, and hopefully finding out where it stems from in the first place.

If none of the above works then it is time to seriously consider speaking with a psychiatrist. For now you could start tonight by googling “mindfulness strategies” and “coping mechanisms for anxiety” or other variations of such.

Good luck, I know it sucks ass!

by blahblahblahokay


I never felt restricted, but after seven years of no meat, I chose to abandon my plant-based diet.

I reached this decision because of the many health issues that I was struggling with. Anxiety, depression, candida overgrowth, hormonal imbalance, acne, fatigue, bloating, IBS, insomnia, and chronic irritability became a part of my daily life.

I ate bread, bread, bread…

… and more bread.

As the years went by, I seemed to forget that protein is a necessary part of any diet. I knew fortified nut milk, plant-based protein powders, and certain vegetables all contributed to my daily recommended amount of protein, but it’s easy to forget to include protein at each meal when meat isn’t the centerpiece.

As the years went by, I seemed to forget that protein is a necessary part of any diet. I knew fortified nut milk, plant-based protein powders, and certain vegetables all contributed to my daily recommended amount of protein, but it’s easy to forget to include protein at each meal when meat isn’t the centerpiece.

Protein is crucial — it keeps you satiated and gives you lasting energy. It slows the release of sugars into your system so that you don’t get a spike of insulin and then a crash that leaves you irritable and craving more sugar.

What to do instead: Chia seeds are a great way to get amino acids and you can sprinkle them on anything.

A plant-based protein powder such as Vega has probiotics, fiber, and more. Just add it to a nut milk fortified with B12 and zinc, and you have a perfect nutrient-rich protein snack.
I forgot that plant-based doesn’t automatically mean healthy.

I got caught up in the illusion that being a vegetarian or vegan was the cornerstone of a healthy diet. While this can be true for many people if done properly, but it’s not true for everyone.

Science on vegetarian diet

You can find many studies researching the effects of vegetarian or vegan diets on mood and mental disorders but the results are not consistent.[1]

As I always say diet is just a small part of the complex system which makes you healthy or sick.

If for whatever reason (like chronic emotional stress) your digestion lacks then you can eat as healthy as you want and you will still suffer due to malnutrition of macronutrients – especially fats and protein – and micronutrients (minerals).

The study “Vegetarian diet and mental disorders: results from a representative community survey” concluded the following:

Vegetarians displayed elevated prevalence rates for depressive disorders, anxiety disorders and somatoform disorders. Due to the matching procedure, the findings cannot be explained by socio-demographic characteristics of vegetarians (e.g. higher rates of females, predominant residency in urban areas, high proportion of singles). The analysis of the respective ages at adoption of a vegetarian diet and onset of a mental disorder showed that the adoption of the vegetarian diet tends to follow the onset of mental disorders.

In Western cultures vegetarian diet is associated with an elevated risk of mental disorders. However, there was no evidence for a causal role of vegetarian diet in the etiology of mental disorders.
” [2]

And why do vegetarians tend to develop a mental disorder more frequently?

The scientists hypothetized that what I think is true – a form of anxiety is what driving the choice of being vegetarian.

Two possible causal mechanisms seem possible. First, because the start of a vegetarian diet, on average, follows the onset of disorder, the experience of a mental disorder may increase the probability of choosing a vegetarian diet (i.e., the mental disorder causes the vegetarian diet). Individuals with a history of a mental disorder may exhibit more perceived health-oriented behavior in order to positively influence the course of their disease. Moreover, the experience of a mental disorder may sensitize individuals to the suffering of other living beings, including animals. In addition, elevated levels of health-related anxiety may lead individuals with mental disorders to choose a vegetarian diet as a form of safety or self-protective behavior, because a meat free diet is perceived as more healthy.

Second, a relatively stable psychological mechanism (a third variable) may increase the probability of mental disorders and independently increase the likelihood of choosing a vegetarian diet. The possibility is appealing that psychological mechanisms like the tendency to experience and regulate negative emotions [45,46], high levels of responsibility and perfectionism [47], or contrasting social values of vegetarians [48] might be responsible the pattern of results. However, such possible psychological mechanisms cannot easily explain the temporal sequencing of disorders developing before vegetarian diet.
” [2]

What would help?

  • Betaine HCL for protein digestion
  • Whey Protein Concentrate as easy to digest protein source
  • Pancreatin as digestive aid
  • Fish oil as omega 3 source
  • Magnesium chelate and Calcium citrate as source of supplemental minerals
  • Zinc amino acid chelate



1) Nutr Neurosci. 2015 Oct;18(7):289-96.

Vegans report less stress and anxiety than omnivores.

Beezhold B, Radnitz C, Rinne A, DiMatteo J.

2) Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2012; 9: 67.

Vegetarian diet and mental disorders: results from a representative community survey

Johannes Michalak,corresponding author Xiao Chi Zhang, and Frank Jacobi

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